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MMA to Celebrate Visiting Professors

CASTINE, Maine – The Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) International Student Ambassadors (ISA) will host a celebration of the academic expertise of two visiting professors at the college as they near the completion of their academic year appointment. According to Dr. Elaine Potoker, faculty advisor to the newly formed student club, the professors, Capt. Oguz Atik and Dr. Alexander  Kuznetsov, will collaborate to present “A View of Life, Commerce, and More From St. Petersburg and Izmir” on Thursday, March 29, 2012, at 4 p.m. in Delano Auditorium. The presentation, expected to last approximately one hour, will conclude with a question and answer period.

The day-long celebration is coordinated by ISA as part of their mission to provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff at MMA to engage in cultural information sharing. The group sponsors activities that support international education, travel, and a welcoming community environment for international visitors to the college. Student organizers envision that the lecture will allow the entire Maine Maritime Academy and surrounding communities to embrace the specialized knowledge that the professors have shared with students and colleagues while serving as guest faculty. The culture of their home countries, Russia and Turkey, will be highlighted during the day as traditional dishes will be served as part of the lunch menu in the dining hall.

Capt. Oguz Atik, a professor in the maritime transportation department at Dokuz Eylul University in Izmir, Turkey, served this year as a visiting professor in the William F. Thompson School of Marine Transportation at MMA. An expert in team leadership and the professional culture of senior navigation officers, Capt. Atik taught courses in marine salvage, seamanship, and navigation rules to undergraduate students. Dr. Alexander Kuznetsov, an associate professor in the department of transport system control and logistics at the Admiral Makarov State Maritime Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia, served as a visiting professor in the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics at MMA this year. An expert on port cargo handling equipment, port design, port operation, transport systems, and intermodal transportation, he taught courses to undergraduate and graduate students at the college.

The opportunity for faculty academic exchange is supported by articulation agreements between Maine Maritime Academy and its international counterparts in Russia and Turkey. The college enjoys ongoing relationships for educational and cultural exchange with both institutions, fostered by mutual membership in the International Association of Maritime Universities. Maine Maritime Academy is a founding member of the International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU). The organization seeks to establish a worldwide network among maritime universities of excellence and to enhance the safety of international ocean traffic through the establishment of an international maritime society to promote the scientific and academic approach to maritime education and training.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

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